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Challenges in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrom‪e‬ Clinical Chemistry Podcast

    • Chemistry

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex endocrine-mediated disorder in women with an estimated prevalence of about 10%. Women with PCOS typically present with heterogeneous clinical signs and symptoms such as excess hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility and metabolic issues. Currently, there are no universal criteria for diagnosis of this condition and as a result, women with the disorder often reports significant delays in diagnosis and poor follow-up care. A Q&A feature in the March 2019 issue of Clinical Chemistry asked five experts with different roles in this field to discuss recent advances and ongoing challenges surrounding the current diagnostic criteria, available biomarkers, and the timely diagnosis and management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex endocrine-mediated disorder in women with an estimated prevalence of about 10%. Women with PCOS typically present with heterogeneous clinical signs and symptoms such as excess hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility and metabolic issues. Currently, there are no universal criteria for diagnosis of this condition and as a result, women with the disorder often reports significant delays in diagnosis and poor follow-up care. A Q&A feature in the March 2019 issue of Clinical Chemistry asked five experts with different roles in this field to discuss recent advances and ongoing challenges surrounding the current diagnostic criteria, available biomarkers, and the timely diagnosis and management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

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